BIO:Moses Aleksandrovich Feigin 1904-2008
1914-1917 Studies in 13th Moscow School.
1917-1920 Studies in 117th School, 2nd level.
1921-1928 Fine art and studio studies at VHUTEMAS (VHUTEIN).
Studied under I.I.Mashkov (1867-1945) and A.A.Osmerkin (1892-1953) and
1926 Becomes a member of “Bytiye” (transl. Genesis) art group (1923-1929).
Took part in an exhibition of “Bytiye” artists.
1927 Graduated from the Moscow State Higher Arts and Technical Studios under
I. Mashkov and A. Osmerkin.
1928-1929 Joined the “OMX” (Organization of Moscow Artists)
group and participated in “OMX” group exhibiltions.
Took part in “Children in Art” exhibition with a group of Moscow artists
in the USA (New York).
Served in the Red Army, cavalry.
Married Elizovena Lvovna Bondareva (1912-1969).
Repeatedly took part in Moscow Soviet Republican and All-Union exhibitions.
1931 Son Gregory born.
Took part in the State Tretyakov Gallery exhibition,
“14 Years of Soviet Vlast” (transl. power) in Moscow.
1932 Joined “MOCX” (Moscow Union of Artists) group.
Feigin’s parents emigrated to France, never to return to Russia.
1934 Personal exhibition in the club factory “Rot-Front” and “VSEKOHUDOZNIK.”
1940 Daughter Anna born.
1942 Volunteered to serve with Soviets forces during World War II.
1942-1945 Served in the Soviet Army with a Reserve Regiment.
1964 Has an independent studio with V. Fedorov (1918-1985) in Moscow.
1978 Joint exhibition between “M. Feigin and V. Fedorov”in Vavilov Street Exhibition Hall, Moscow.
1994 Solo exhibition in Central House of Artists, Moscow.
1995 Solo exhibitioin in the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow.
2000 Exhibition with artist Fedorov in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow.
“M.Feigin–95 Year Anniversary Exhibition,” The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow.
2003 “Moses Feigin –100 years Anniversary” solo exhibition,
2005 Yakov Nazarov directs and produces a film for TV (Culture channel),
“Rovestnik Veka,” documenting 100 years of Feigin’s art.
2007 Exhibition “A Feat of 103 Years of Artistic Achievement –
Moses Feigin,” Listed in The Guiness Book of Records
as the oldest working professional artist.
Central House of Artists, Moscow
2008 Died on April 26 in Moscow.
Since 1927, Feigin’s work was included in numerous exhibitions of Soviet paintings abroad. His work was shown in Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Great Britian, Bulgaria, Hungary, West Germany and the USA. Some of the better known exhibitions of Soviet paintings occurring after 1989 were: “Moscow-Sofia,” Moscow and Sofia; “Moscow-Washington,” Moscow and Washington; “Moscow-London,” Moscow and London; and Moscow-Norway,” Moscow and Norway.
World’s Oldest Artist Dies in Russia at 104, “Kommersant” reports
By Paul Abelsky
May 4, 2008 (Bloomberg) — Moisei Feigin, listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s oldest active professional artist, died in Moscow on April 26 at the age of 104, Kommersant reported. Feigin, the last surviving participant of the Jack of Diamonds avant-garde art group in the early 20th century, entered the Guinness Book after an exhibition last year of paintings he completed after his centennial birthday, the Moscow-based newspaper said today without citing anyone.
“Kommersant” newspaper, 5/4/08
Anna Tolstova, Obituary (English translation)
In Moscow, 104, died painter Moses Feigin, the last member of the legendary avant-garde group “Jack of Diamonds.” In the spring of 2007 in the Central House of Artists, Moscow was an exhibition “103 years of artistic feat Moses Feigin”: picture shown then he wrote after his 100th birthday, but violinists, acrobats and other comedians involved in a worldwide masquerade, they started doing acrobatics tricks in a daring expressionist spirit that immediately think of her reckless libertines avant-garde of the 1920s. This creative longevity impressed even the drafters of the Guinness World Records: after that, as it turned out, his last exhibition Moses Feigin was listed in its database as the oldest working professional artist.
Moses Feigin in the new millennium impression of a man who had just from 1920. In an interview he said that Kazimir Malevich and Pavel Filonov – geniuses, and Vasily Kandinsky – so corny decorator that the Russian avant-garde avant-garde than “fat “bourgeois Europe, and it seemed as if this fiery monologue pronounced in some VHUTEMAS workshop for glass of boiling water and a loaf of bread as a revolutionary – petrov- vodkin miseenscenes.
In the 1920s, he studied at the VHUTEMAS’s true: Petr Konchalovsky, Ilya Mashkov, Aristarchus Lentulov and most revered Alexander Osmerkin and Lyubov Popova – Feigin prevailed among teachers and members of the exponent “Jack of Diamonds”, so that he soon became the last member of the first Russian avant-garde artists association (or rather, the legal successor of “Jack of Diamonds” – the Society of Moscow Artists). From Osmerkin been vaccinated Cezannism from Popova – a passion for abstraction and the search for a new language, but from the general atmosphere of the 1920s brought the conviction that “art is growing in the struggle” and the avant-garde – a position not only artistic but also moral.
Like many who are in the Soviet binding VHUTEMAS, Moses Feigin had to lead a double life: one for himself, “the table,” write postsezannistskie aerial landscapes, gloomy abstraction, surreal scenes with carnivals and evangelical motives for earnings – portraits of the leaders. This careless he treated with irony. He recalled how a four-canvas with a head of Stalin for a house on the waterfront Tinkers daub almost blind: the entire canvas spread on the ground, you could see, only rising to the 29th floor was still unfinished high-rises, and with no lift on a top bunk does not run over. However, in special cases, this forced cynicism gave way to heroism: he is the only Osmerkinskih students appeared for public defamation of a teacher in the Central House of Artists, to openly support him – this act of Moses Feigin to the end regarded as one of the most important of his creative achievements.